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Pediatric Nephrology and Urology

It’s common for children to have problems with the urinary tract, ranging from minor to serious. In some cases, a pediatrician or primary care provider can treat them. However, sometimes your child may need a specialist in the urinary system (a urologist) or kidneys (a nephrologist). When that happens, the devoted doctors and staff at Banner Children’s are ready to guide you through a plan of care that’s just right for your child and family.

What Is Pediatric Nephrology and Urology?

Pediatric nephrology & urology focuses on the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra in children.

Signs and Symptoms of Urinary Tract or Kidney Problems in Children

It’s important to listen to your child if they start experiencing pain or some of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Burning or pain when peeing
  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Difficulty controlling bladder

Nephrology and Urology Conditions and Specialty Care from Banner Children’s

Our staff has special expertise in treating urinary tract problems in children, including:

  • Abnormalities in the urine such as blood and protein
  • Acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Bedwetting
  • Bladder Exstrophy
  • Cancer of the urinary and genital systems
  • Congenital kidney disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Inherited kidney diseases
  • Kidney stones
  • Neurogenic bladder/bowel
  • Problems with growth and development related to kidney disease
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Torsion of the testicle
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Pediatric Nephrology and Urology Testing and Diagnosis

Running tests to see how your child’s kidneys, liver or bladder are working can help determine the root of the problem and see if all organs are functioning properly. Your pediatrician or nephrologist/urologist may run tests and screenings, such as:

  • Kidney Function Test
  • X-rays or other imaging scans such as ultrasound and CT
  • Blood tests
  • Various types of urine analysis
  • Biopsy

Depending on your symptoms, your pediatrician will determine the best testing option for your child.

How Are Pediatric Nephrology and Urology Conditions Treated?

Treatment for nephrology & children’s urology conditions will depend on the condition and the severity. Some of the treatments your pediatrician and specialist may consider include:

  • Lithotripsy - a procedure that breaks down stones in the kidneys or parts of the ureter
  • Interventional radiology
  • Surgery
  • Dialysis

Talk to your pediatrician about options for your child. Trust the experts at Banner Children’s who specialize in nephrology and urology care. The team uses compassion, skill and technology to treat your child to get them back to their daily activities.